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    Senior Associate, Ben Stepney from our Employment team speaks to The Independent about the inevitable clash between entrepreneurial free-spirit flexibility and the long-recognised need for protection of workers rights.

    Ben says, "People genuinely self-employed, working job to job, client to client, do not qualify for employment law rights; people relying on a business for their livelihood, though, tend to. Where the line is drawn between these two scenarios has never been clear. Cases are fact specific. A recent win for Uber drivers does not necessarily mean that other gig economy workers will be successful to. At best, these cases will lead to additional protections for (often low-paid) workers, at worst they will lead to gig economy organisations withdrawing if their business model does not work within the law, at a loss to consumers and workers alike."

    The full article is available to read online, first published by The Independent on 21 November 2016: The gig economy

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